In the first part of our comparison, we talked about the build and design as well as the screen quality of both the Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5. Let’s take a look at some other aspects.
The 1.6GHz quad-core processor on the Galaxy Note 2 really helps speed things along. The fact that the Galaxy Note 2 also has 2GB of RAM means that you can run as many applications as you please and not have to worry about the performance slowing down. The only app that even shows a sign of lag is S-Note. The most noticeable aspect of performance is that the new Galaxy Note 2 is a lot more responsive than the original Galaxy Note. As a coworker of mine said, “It just works.”
The iPhone 5’s iOS6 operating system is the most user friendly operating system ever on a mobile device. It is smooth, fast and has a very little learning curve. Apple knows exactly how the consumer thinks when developing its operating system. You are supposed to be able to run a lot of apps at once due to the 1GB of RAM. However, I have experienced major lag when running more than 3 apps at the same time. The same thing can’t be said of the Galaxy Note 2.
The Winner: Galaxy Note 2
For watching videos, look no further than the Galaxy Note 2. The device not only plays just about every video format, but it plays them beautifully. Samsung’s stock video player works perfectly and it is quite easy to use. I love the thumbnail view of the videos where you can see each mini video in action until you select the video you want to view.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Samsung’s default music player, but it does the job. There are different equalizer settings and you can even customize the graphic equalizer yourself. Sometimes, there is a slight delay in showing the album art picture.
The Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP camera that takes excellent pictures in outdoor situations and decent pictures indoors. The Galaxy Note 2 also takes very good 1080p videos with some image stabilization. However, the sound quality of the videos sounds slightly muffled.
The iPhone 5 has a much better music player. The pre-set equalizer settings are great and the smartphone comes with a new set of noise canceling earbuds that produce better separation effects than the previous earbuds.
The 4-inch screen is better for watching videos than the 3.5-inch version, but it is still a little too small compared to the other devices. In order to get videos on your iPhone, you have to sync them through iTunes—this can be quite annoying.
The iPhone’s camera is slightly improved (launches faster), although it’s still pretty much the same 8MP camera that was found on the iPhone 4S. That, of course, is not a bad thing. The iPhone 5 takes excellent quality still pictures and videos.
The winner: Galaxy S2 (by a very close margin)
Continue to Part 3